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The Best Canadian Rappers

Updated September 21, 2020 51.7k votes 6.9k voters 119.9k views94 items

This list of great Canadian rappers is longer than you might think. While initially, the pool of popular rappers from Canada may seem small, there are many talented Canadian hip hop artists. Some Canadian rappers, like Drake, are well known for their nationality, while some people on this list are more surprising.
 

Unlike other scenes around the world, rap was slow to start in Canada and even slower to gain worldwide recognition. That is, until 1998. The single ”Northern Touch" by Rascalz in collaboration with Checkmate, Kardinal Offishall, Thrust and Choclair was released to worldwide acclaim and Canadian hip hop was finally on the map.  
 

Who is your favorite Canadian rapper? Check out the list below, vote and add anyone that you think should be considered one the best Canadian rappers.

 

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    3 Feet Deep, Escape From the Pigeon Hole
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    Genres (Music)Hip hop music

    NationalityCanada

    Andrew Bernstein (born February 7, 1974), better known by his stage name Abdominal, is a rapper from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  ...more
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    Brick House, The Underground Tapes
    592
    384

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

    NationalityCanada

    Karl Amani Wailoo (born March 6, 1978) better known by his stage name Saukrates (; "Socrates"), is a Canadian rapper, singer, and record producer. He is the co-founder of Capitol Hill Music, and lead  ...more
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    The Black Tie Affair, Symphony in Effect
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    Genres (Music)Hip hop music

    NationalityCanada

    Wesley Williams (born March 31, 1968), better known as Maestro or Maestro Fresh-Wes, is a Canadian rapper, record producer, and actor. One of the early Canadian rappers and the first ever to break  ...more
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    Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol. 1
    692
    456

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Dancehall, East Coast hip hop, Baltimore club, Contemporary R&B

    NationalityCanada

    Jason D. Harrow (born May 11, 1976), better known by his stage name Kardinal Offishall , is a Canadian rapper, record producer, DJ and record executive. Often credited as Canada's "hip hop  ...more
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    The Revolution, Hot Girl
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    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

    NationalityCanada, State of Palestine

    Ahmad Balshe (Arabic: أحمد بلشي‎) (born April 7, 1984), better known by his stage name Belly, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer of Palestinian-Jordanian descent.Born in  ...more
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    Cash Crop, Global Warning
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    444

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music

    The Rascalz are a Canadian hip-hop group from Vancouver, British Columbia, who played a crucial role in the artistic and commercial development of Canadian hip hop. The group consists of emcees Red1  ...more
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    Exit, Black on Blonde
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    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    NationalityCanada

    Kevin Brereton (born February 20, 1972), better known by his stage name k-os (; "chaos"), is a Canadian alternative rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. His given name may also be cited  ...more
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    Thank me Later, Take Care
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    Genres (Music)Hip Hop, R&B Music, Pop Rap

    NationalityCanadian

    Aubrey Drake Graham, who records under the mononym Drake, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor. He was born in Toronto, Ontario. He first garnered recognition for his role as Jimmy Brooks on  ...more
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    The Best Drake Albums of All-Time#183 of 342 The Hottest Men Of 2021, Ranked#17 of 238 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

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    Ice Cold, Memoirs of Blake Savage
    548
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    Genres (Music)East Coast hip hop

    NationalityCanada

    Kareem Blake, (born March 27, 1975) better known by his stage name Choclair, is a Canadian rapper. He helped develop Canadian hip hop in the late 1990s, as a member of the Circle.  ...more
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    Boy-Cott-In the Industry, Hitch Hikin' Music
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    Genres (Music)Hip hop music

    NationalityCanada

    Lucas Boyd (born December 13, 1977), better known by his stage name Classified, is a Canadian rapper and record producer from Enfield, Nova Scotia.  ...more
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    #127 of 194 The Best New School Rappers#56 of 156 The Greatest White Rappers of All Time#136 of 165 The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time

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    Balance, Black Magic
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    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Gangsta rap, Rapcore, West Coast hip hop

    Swollen Members is a Canadian hip hop group from Vancouver, British Columbia, consisting mainly of the duo Madchild and Prevail. Frequent collaborators include vocalist Moka Only along with the other  ...more
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    The Best Swollen Members Albums of All Time#90 of 94 The Best Horrorcore Artists of All Time

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    The Station Agent, Crickets
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    411

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music, Underground hip hop

    NationalityCanada

    Daniel Denton (born November 14, 1973), better known by his stage name Moka Only is a Canadian underground hip hop artist. He has won 3 JUNO Awards, 5 MuchMusic Video Awards, and has been nominated  ...more
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    In My Opinion, The Closers
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    385

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music

    NationalityCanada

    Rich Kidd is a Juno Award nominated rapper and music producer.  ...more
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    And Now the Legacy Begins, Subliminal Simulation
    443
    325

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

    Dream Warriors were a Canadian hip hop duo from Toronto, Ontario, comprising King Lou and Capital Q. Described as "a pair of deft, intelligent rappers" by AllMusic, they were major contributors to  ...more
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    R.A.W.
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    276

    NationalityCanada

    Checkmate is the stage name of Lyle Bismark, a Canadian rapper from Vancouver, British Columbia. Best known as one of the collaborating artists on Rascalz' influential 1998 single "Northern Touch",  ...more
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    Qi Kai De Sheng (Wavin' Flag Celebration Mix), Troubadour
    520
    381

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Pop music, World music, Reggae

    NationalityCanada, Somalia

    Keinan Abdi Warsame (Somali: Keynaan Cabdi Warsame, Arabic: كَينَان عَبدِ وَرسَمَ‎ Kaynān ʿAbdi Warsama), better known by his stage name K'naan (), is a Somali Canadian poet, rapper, singer,  ...more
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  • 17
    Jamaican Funk—Canadian Style, The First Cut Is the Deepest
    447
    329

    Genres (Music)Ragga, Dancehall

    NationalityCanada

    Michelle McCullock (born November 1, 1970), better known by her stage name Michie Mee, is a Canadian rapper and actress. Canada's first notable female MC, she is considered a national hip-hop pioneer.  ...more
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    Brendan Cilia added
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    Merkules (born September 27, 1992) is a Canadian rap artist who was born in Surrey, British Columbia. 2017 Western Canadian Music Award nominated rapper Merkules’ music videos have over 15,000,000  ...more
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    #118 of 136 The Best Young Rappers And New School Rappers#62 of 104 The Funniest Rappers of All Time#17 of 56 The Best (And Worst) YouTube Rappers

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    Dave Mac addedDave has three albums
    299
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    Genres (Music)Rap

    NationalityCanadian

    Model/Musician 

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    CDsRBoss added
    334
    162

    Southern Rap / Hip Hop

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    RusWilsonSB48 added
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    Tough Life - SoundCloud

    https://soundcloud.com/jrrobs/toughlife

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    The Voice of the Streets | Made in Montreal

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    etogbonmwan added
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    Navraj Singh Goraya (born November 3, 1989), better known by his stage name Nav (stylized as NAV or ΠΔV), is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer of Indian Punjabi descent. He is  ...more
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    #104 of 128 Rappers with the Best Voices, Ranked#41 of 57 The Best Emo Rap Artists#178 of 191 The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked

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    johnstonismyname addedMemoirs of a Playbwoy
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    132

    Genres (Music)East Coast hip hop

    NationalityCanada

    Jonathan Matthew Poirier, better known by his stage name JDiggz, is a Canadian hip-hop MC and producer of Guyanese and French Canadian descent. He is also one half of the StarBwoyz production Team.  ...more
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    Energy
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